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Application forms for the 2019-2020 Doctoral Grant Program will be available for download here after September 1, 2018 with an application postmark deadline of December 31, 2018.

Support for Doctoral Candidates
The Metropolitan Center supports projects that reflect advanced scholarship and offer new insights into East Asian art. Doctoral students who have completed all the requirements for the Ph.D. (except the dissertation) and are engaged in field work for the dissertation may apply for a grant as a supplement to other sources of funding.

General Instructions
Applicants must certify that they have completed doctoral examinations by March 1st prior to the grant period. Grants to doctoral candidates generally cover overseas travel and living expenses of graduate students who have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation. Please view our list of recent doctoral grants for examples.

Additional Information
Grants to doctoral candidates are intended to supplement other support to a maximum (from all sources) of $22,000 for a single student, $27,000 for a couple. Candidates who receive funds in excess of the above are expected to notify and return the surplus to the Center.

The Center will consider applications for second-year dissertation research, provided the applicant submits evidence of substantial progress made in the first year.

Applications must be completed and postmarked by December 31:
Letters are mailed out announcing grant awards about April 15.
May 1 is the earliest date grant funds are available.

Mailing Instructions
Applications, including the original and four copies, must be postmarked and mailed to the Kyoto center on or before December 31.
See contact for address.

Applicants are encouraged to send submissions by regular postal delivery.

Further Inquiries:
Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for additional information, or contact the administrator.

Recent Grant Recipients